Goa's Agriculture Minister Ramesh Tawadkar sees in the peacock a farm nuisance that like monkeys and wild boars causes severe damage to crops and "should be declared a vermin" and culled periodically. Tawadkar told a premier news agency today committee of government officials was considering what to do.

"We have said in the last assembly (sitting) about monkeys and wild boars creating a nuisance for farmers and that a committee would be formed to assess and declare them as vermin," he said.

"Some farmers aid that peacocks also were damaging their crops in fields in hilly areas. The committee will also assess whether peacocks should be declared vermin or nuisance species," Tawadkar said.

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